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Safety of Pasteurised milk

HC rebukes BSTI over report claim

Bars ad on milk involving court until written order
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Expressing dissatisfaction over the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution’s (BSTI's) false claim regarding pasteurised milk, the High Court (HC) yesterday asked the authorities concerned not to publish any advertisement until the court gives a written order in that regard. The HC explained any such advertisement without the court's order might create confusion among the public. It said that some milk-producing companies published advertisements in the media claiming that the HC had expressed satisfaction about their brands.

The HC bench, comprising Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice MD Iqbal Kabir, also rebuked the lawyer of the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) for claiming that the court was satisfied with its test report.

The report had been submitted to the HC on June 24, stating that BSTI did not find any harmful element after conducting tests on 18 samples of 14 branded packaged milk collected from the market.

The HC bench told BSTI lawyer Barrister Sarkar MR Hassan that though it had not heard or passed any order regarding the pasteurised milk, the lawyer told the media that the HC had accepted the BSTI’s test report on the pasteurised milk of 14 brands.

“We didn't pass any order or make any observations

about the report. But you told the media that we

expressed satisfaction!” the HC bench told the BSTI lawyer.

The Pran Group was quoting the court to praise the quality of its products after the BSTI lawyer’s comment.

“Who’ll take responsibility if someone falls sick after drinking their milk?” the court asked the lawyer.

 So, everyone should refrain from publishing any advertisements regarding the HC order until it gives a written verdict regarding the pasteurised milk, the HC said.

 Later, the HC bench fixed next Sunday for further hearing on the matter.

 During yesterday’s proceedings, BSTI lawyer barrister Sarkar MR Hassan had sought two days’ time to submit through an affidavit a report from the Dhaka University’s pharmacy department on pasteurised milk.

 The BSTI lawyer told reporters on June 30 that the HC bench was satisfied with the BSTI’s test report on pasteurised milk. The report could not detect any hazardous substance in the pasteurised milk of the 14 brands. The brands are Pura, Ayran, Aarong Dairy, Farm Fresh Milk, Moo, Milk vita, Aftab, Ultra, Tania (200gm), Igloo, Pran Milk, Dairy Fresh, Milk Fresh and Cowhead Pure Milk.

 After submitting the test report, BSTI deputy director Riajul Haque told The Independent that they had collected 18 samples from the market to conduct tests and did not find any harmful element in the 14 branded packed milk.

However, the DU Pharmacy Faculty and Biomedical Research Centre claimed to have found detergent in the milk available in kitchen market.

The tests conducted by Dhaka University’s Pharmacy Faculty and Biomedical Research Centre found substances hazardous for human health in the pasteurised milk manufactured by Pran, Milk Vita, Igloo, Aarong, and Farm Fresh.

 Prof. ABM Faruk, director of the Biomedical Research Centre, unveiled their findings at the Pharmacy Lecture Theatre in DU on June 25.

On June 30, the HC had asked the BSTI lawyer to submit the DU’s report to the court through an affidavit.

 

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